Tuesday, December 13, 2016

How convenient

This morning I was wondering why the Remainiacs have not come up with the great theory that it was really Mr Putin wot won the Brexit vote through some nefarious intervention. Right on cue, we have Ben Bradshaw MP coming up with that particular theory for which he admits having no evidence at all but it stands to reason, innit.

Mr Bradshaw seems to think that it has somehow been proven that Donald Trump won the election (through the electoral college, let it be noted, not the popular vote) because of some complicated behaviour on the part of the Russians in revealing e-mails that had probably been leaked. Nothing much has been proved yet though it might be in future. Incidentally, I can recall a time when journalists would have been asking why the CIA or, at least, some unknown and unnamed operatives of it were intervening in the electoral process and, apparently, trying to force a re-run. As to Brexit, this is what Mr Bradshaw said [scroll down in Hansard as the Huffpo quotations are wrong and semi-literate];
We have not even begun to wake up to Russia’s cyber-warfare. Its interference in the American presidential elections is now proven. It probably interfered in our own referendum—we do not have the evidence for that yet, but it is highly probable. It will certainly be involved in the French presidential election. There are already serious concerns in the German secret service that Russia is already interfering in the upcoming elections. We have to wake up to this, but when?
Hmm. Convenient. Even the American intervention is not actually fully proven and it is not clear what was achieved by any of the Russian actions, assuming they had taken place and the information had not simply been leaked. To say that it is highly probable that Russia interfered in the referendum though there is no evidence is, to put it mildly, irresponsible. And it will "certainly be involved in the French presidential election"? How does Mr Bradshaw know? Has Mr Putin consulted him?

Still, now we have a great story: when the people decide that they do not want to vote the way they are told by their betters, such as Labour MPs, they are not simply displaying signs of populism (my smelling salts, please); it is all arranged by the Russians because people would never act this way themselves. What it really echoes is Putin's own accusations against all the coloured revolutions on the Russian borders: none of them could have been carried out by the people, they were all organized, funded and carried out by the evil Americans. Mr Bradshaw and his ilk are merely echoing Vlad and his propagandists. Should we be listening to them?

Monday, December 12, 2016

And so we return

This has been a very long gap for tedious reasons to do with health problems. Let us not dwell on them. The blog is back and it seems quite unnecessary at this stage to become involved in the discussions around the various legal cases (another one coming up, I understand) to do with Brexit or with the Prime Minister's leather trousers. Why she shouldn't wear leather trousers if she wants to, I cannot even begin to understand. In fact, I rather approve of a British politician of either gender being interested in clothes and dressing well.

Enough of that.

I am the bearer of sad news. While I was away from this space I heard that Dr Ljubo Sirc has died, peacefully after a long and very full life. Last April when Ljubo turned 95 I wrote a posting about him and do not think I can add anything. He was a man I admired unreservedly, one of the great fighters against tyranny and the various horrors of the twentieth century. Much of what he created, including the Centre for Research into Post-Communist Economies has survived and the fight will go on. But we shall miss Ljubo with his genial smile and his steel-like determination.

Rest In Peace, Ljubo.